Thoughts On A Sunday

You did remember to turn your clocks back, didn't you?

Personally, I think this semi-annual clock change has outlived its usefulness. I don't have a problem with getting up when it's still dark out to start my day. I'd prefer to have the extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon during the short winter days, but that's just me.


Almost all the snow that fell last weekend is gone, with the exception of some of the snow piles left over from plowing. Hopefully we won't see any more snow until just before Christmas, but I'm not holding my breath.

One thing I did this weekend was go back to the BBH/A/L/GS store to see if they had replenished their supply of snowblowers. They had indeed, but by a very small amount. So I talked with the OPE guy (OPE – Outdoor Power Equipment). I told him what I wanted, knew they'd had some there prior to the surprise Nor'easter, and wanted him to order another for me. After 30 seconds I knew this was going to be a long drawn out process.

To make a lengthy and boring story a lot shorter, I told him that if I didn't hear back from him or one of his co-workers by end of business Monday that I would take my business to one of their competitors even though it means a considerable drive towards the New Hampshire seacoast.


I brought Bagheera's remains home from the vet's office late Friday. I didn't think taking the box with his ashes from the hands of the veterinary tech would affect me. But I almost lost it as I carried him back to the truck, and back home.

I miss him.


Andy Rooney died on Friday.


Some folks merely complain about the OWS protesters, and others actually do something about them, this time in Modesto, Kalifornia.

The best line in the post: “Better get used to that s**t son, if you want to be a real revolutionary.”

Gotta love it...

(H/T Maggie's Farm)


Ineptocracy, indeed!

(H/T Instapundit)


Skip Murphy reminds us about the strength of the “Army of Davids”.

Indeed - an "Army of Davids" which is the name of the book that Glen[n] Reynolds wrote in describing how technology is shifting such that individuals can band together for a purpose via the 'Net, accomplish a voluntary goal, and then disband in ways that never would have been possible before. In fact, many Conservatives and TEA Partiers used the Internet to get their message (visual: Skip waving his hand!) out and coordinating with others in a joint movement.


What the Left did was to finally push Conservatives "to the edge"; having tolerated behavior contrary to those above points, and not having ever gone "the protest route" before, we did not have the organizational baggage that the Left had. Thus, having no "legacy systems" in place, we utilized the newer ways of organization.

It is because the Left has that baggage, dating back to the 60's, that they couldn't conceive of the idea that the Tea Parties weren't organized by some overseeing organization or political party. Hence their claims of “astroturf” (artificial grass roots movement paid for by someone else). But their claims didn't hold water. And though the left has tried to 'create' its own grass roots movement – the so-called “coffee party” - their efforts failed and their movement disappeared. Now they've tried to co-opt OWS into their own astroturf movement, but the “Army of Davids” have exposed those efforts and made them look stupid.


Daniel Foty looks into the story of who really broke the banks and the ensuing blame game that points the finger at everyone except those who actually caused the problem. (Hint: it isn't the banks or Wall Street.)

It's been rather unsettling to watch the various counter-factual attempts to heap all of the blame for the "financial crisis" onto "Wall Street" and "bankers." This sort of scapegoating requires willfully selective amnesia about a number of events going back years (and even decades) - and willfully lets a variety of major contributing actors off the hook. Even uglier have been calls for arrests and prosecutions without any indication of actual breaking of the law; even people you may not like are entitled to due process of law... and like free speech, in the case of due process, if you're not in favor of due process for people you happen to dislike then you are not in favor of due process.

As the saying goes, Read The Whole Thing.


Just a reminder: The 2012 national elections take place one year from today.

This means we'll have to put up with yet another 12 months of campaign ads and gladhanding politicians seeking our (monetary) support and votes.

It can't be over too soon.


The New England Patriots play the New York Giants today in Gillette Stadium starting at 4:15PM. I'm just hoping they won't let their defeat at the hands of the Steelers affect their game today.


Bogie has two related posts on smart phones, one dealing with what she calls Good Apps/Bad Apps and the other with smart phone drop tests.

On the first, she tells us she got suckered in to downloading a new version of an app that allows her to listen to the streaming audio from a couple of her favorite local radio stations. She had used the older app because radio reception where she works is spotty at best. The old app worked quite well.

Once she downloaded the new app all of that changed. Now she gets nothing because the app doesn't work. It doesn't even load properly, hanging up once it reaches a certain point.

She adds this warning:
Anyway, this is a word of warning for anyone contemplating downloading this particular app on an Android phone- stay away, it sucks!



Cap'n Teach gives us observations by the NYPD in regards to OWS. As one officer put it:

“Every single night it’s the same thing. I mean, some guy was a victim of rape!” an officer snarls. “There comes a time when it’s over. This is a disaster. It’s all we’re doing, every two seconds, is locking somebody up every time. It’s done.”

“It’s done,” he repeats. “Occupy Wall Street is no longer a protest.”

I'm not sure what it is either, other than a bunch of ignorant wanna-be revolutionaries trying to recreate the worst part of the 1960's radicalism, and failing. Or worse, maybe they're succeeding and we've just forgotten how nasty it was back then.

Cap'n Teach adds:

In all seriousness, I want the Occupiers to keep their little slice of insanity (violence, criminality, etc) up for another year and 2 days. The longer this goes on, the more people get an eyeful of what the Left, especially the Progressives, stand for, and, by extension, what Obama, Pelosi, and a good chunk of elected Democrats stand for.



Posting might be non-existent tomorrow as tomorrow evening I have a public hearing to attend in another town here in the Lakes Region.

A number of towns are in the process of renewing their franchise contracts with the local cable MSO and I am a technical adviser for the consortium handling the negotiations. I attend the meetings should there be any technical questions about the cable system and the services they offer or are planning to offer.


And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where Eastern Standard Time has returned, most of the 12”+ of snow that fell last weekend has all but disappeared, and plenty of outdoor work awaits as the warm temperatures have returned for the next few days.